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JudyK
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Posted - 09/03/2015 :  09:15:35 AM  Send JudyK an AOL message  Reply  Reply with Quote
My son has been having episodes of excruciating, debilitating pain from his sciatic nerve that lasts for days, and sometimes weeks. Nothing hes tried works to relieve the pain. I felt so sorry for him yesterday,I purchased a brace that had 170 plus positive reviews on the WalMart site, and also from another site that had reviews specific to this As Seen on TV brace, called BeActive, which were all positive. He didnt notice a bit of relief. He had purposely bought one of those inversion tables a couple of years ago, which worked for awhile, until he got hip bursitis. Over the counter, and prescribed meds dont touch the pain. Does anyone do anything that has worked for them?

Jnanne
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Posted - 09/17/2015 :  08:11:11 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Different treatments work for different patients, unfortunately, and he will have to hunt to find the one--or combination--that is best for him. Try heating pad, muscle relaxers like Ibuprofen and Naproxin Sodium, hot bath or whirlpool bath. The muscles are spasming around the nerve, putting pressure on it and causing the pain. He has to get the muscles to relax to get relief. Some people find that massage is helpful. Others find relief through a chiropractor. For me the heating pad and jacuzzi are very useful. For my dad the chiropractor is the best treatment.

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JudyK
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Eau Claire, WI. 54703-1729
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Posted - 09/23/2015 :  1:03:15 PM  Send JudyK an AOL message  Reply  Reply with Quote
Unfortunately Jananne, most everything youve suggested hes already tried with the exception of a whirlpool, without relief. He wont admit it, but, I really believe the As Seen ON TV brace offered some relief, even though it didnt take it all away. The spasms werent as debilitating, although, he did flinch a lot from pain when they occurred, but was able to move around a bit easier. He wont go to the spine specialist now that his employer was forced to get ObamaCare for the employees. Now there is a $3000 deductible, high copay, with less coverage.
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NancyG
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Posted - 09/25/2015 :  3:43:44 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I had those problems earlier this year and had PT 2-3 times a week, basically learning back exercises that I could have learned on my own. They helped a lot! The problem is being disciplined to do them several times a day, even after the pain stops. I also went to a chiropractor and love the water bed, the traction, and adjustments. These I still do a couple of times a month to work out all the tension built up from sitting in front of a computer.
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JudyK
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Eau Claire, WI. 54703-1729
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Posted - 09/27/2015 :  10:52:08 AM  Send JudyK an AOL message  Reply  Reply with Quote
Kurt went to the spinal clinic this past week,unbeknownst to me,and found out why he was having the debilitating pain. As Ive mentioned before, he broke his back in a motorcycle accident in '85. He had testing done, and the Dr told him that bone fragments are lodged in his spinal cord are pressing on nerves, making the pain much worse when he has a sciatica episode. Kurt is what they call a walking paraplegic(which we already knew), which means he has feeling, and some use of various unaffected muscles in his legs and feet. Some of the live muscle nerves in the spinal cord affecting the unaffected muscles of paraplegia where the bone chips are, act up when having a sciatica episode. He was prescribed a pain reliever to use when he gets sciatica to try. Kurt does have a waterbed that hes had since before his accident that provides the most comfort and pain reliever.
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